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Dr. Reverend William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, initiated by Dr. Martin Luther King, talks about the Selma-to-Montgomery Style, 4-Day march in Texas to Challenge Attacks on the Right to Vote, which consists of a 27 mile trek from Georgetown to Austin, TX. The event is part of the organization’s national Moral Monday direct actions which are designed to demand an end to the filibuster, passage of the full For the People Act, and complete restoration of the Voting Rights Act. The group is also urging passage of a minimum living wage of $15 per hour. The Poor People’s campaign and partners will begin the Texas events with meetings with Democratic and Republican legislators on June 26, before engaging in a 27-mile trek from Georgetown to Austin, Texas, July 27 through July 30. As Democratic legislators in Texas fled the state in search of federal assistance pushing back on anti-voting measures there, the Rev. Liz Theoharis and the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II are organizing a march involving members of the Poor People’s Campaign, including clergy, religious and moral leaders, who earlier called for a season of nonviolent direct action in support of voting rights, a $15 minimum wage, and an end to the filibuster. “It is a mistake to think that racism only impacts Black people,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. “It impacts us all and the collective impact necessitates a collective response.” Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) is the president of Repairers of the Breach, a co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign and the author of “We Are Called to Be a Movement.”